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Villa Door Open For Lee Hendrie

Villa Door Open For Lee Hendrie

Martin O'Neill says that midfielder Lee Hendrie would be welcome to return to Villa but has stressed he has no guarantees of first team football.

Stoke boss Tony Pulis has reportedly spoken to O'Neill about re-signing Hendrie for the rest of the season.

O'Neill said: 'Stoke would want Lee to go back to them but I want to speak to Lee. I had a brief conversation when he was in for treatment. I'd rather have a more lengthy conversation with him to see where we are. He's played the games for Stoke, he is match fit and I am sure Lee's heart is at Villa. If he felt there was opportunity to get back into the side, I'm sure he would to try and have a go.'

'He's got six months left of his contract, he's got his testimonial at Villa and ideally it would be great for him to be at Villa when his testimonial comes around. The opportunity for every single of our players is there. I can guarantee no-one a starting place in the team. The truth is if Lee is willing to come back and take his chance, that would be fine by me.'

And on the original loan he says 'Lee wanted to play games and the opportunity arose at Stoke. I wasn't disappointed in the fact he wasn't going to hang around at Villa. In fact, it was an ideal opportunity for him to go out and get some games under his belt. He has done well for Stoke and has become a bit of a favourite there. There is no disappointment on my part that he chose to go on loan.'

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Writer:J P Fear
Date:Monday January 8 2007
Time: 2:13PM


O'Neills begging to sound like 'he who must not be named' its not quite parseltongue but close :) Maybe he's being crafty at man motivation, his wand not existing and all
08/01/2007 14:54:00
Sod it, get him back and in the squad. I'd prefer to see him on the pitch instead of Witts or the Jumper Twins.
08/01/2007 15:02:00
I dont see what Lee has done thats so awful.He was on a great run scoring goals,got injured and was never picked again.a quality player on the pitch who can do things with a ball most of our team arse of it of coarse but so what.
08/01/2007 15:08:00
i don't care as long as we don't offer him another contract. He should free to go in the summer no matter what. The second he signs a 3 year deal we'll see the back of any effort on his part.
The Usual Suspect
08/01/2007 15:10:00
We need numbers so having him back is no bad thing. If he starts performing (and that's a big if) MON could give Gabby a well deserved rest. Hendrie would certainly be more comfortable on the right than Petrov
08/01/2007 15:23:00
No guarantee of a first team place is exactly how it should be. I personally think that as we stand now, squad size and personnel wise, he'd be an asset to us.
08/01/2007 16:50:00
Agreed he could be an asset, no player should be guaranteed a start, makes them lazy and complacent, if and thats a big if he manages to get on and perform like we all know he can, then MON could give him a short term rolling contract, as long as he does the biz he's cool, mess it up and your out.
08/01/2007 17:14:00
Lee will be like a new player. He'll also put ressure on the likes of Petrov and Davies and can operate anywhere in midfield. He will be a welcome asset no doubt. I remember him as a youngster at bodymoore polishing boots of the seniors, cleaning up after them, carrying cones and balls to training and even delivering fan mail to the players at bodymoore. Even than he loved doing it because it was for Villa. Bring him back....and play him against Man U this weekend!
08/01/2007 18:00:00
Take him back it's not like he is just a bad player, he is a former england international (even if he only got one cap) I think he does deeply love the club and with villa having such a small squad why not take him? It would also show Petrov that he has to earn his place in the squad. I get the feeling he thinks he can swan into the starting 11 each match and I think not really played well so far at villa he just seems to go missing in most match's and see's free kicks just as a chance to give the ball away i think Hendrie would play at least as well, if not better for Villa then Petrov!
Tallaght Villan
08/01/2007 21:04:00
glensider: my sentiments exactly !
08/01/2007 21:46:00
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